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Ah, the sweet relief that is a Le Mans post. No contract haggling. No Silly Season up roar. Just who’s intent on racing in arguably the greatest motorsport event there is.

le-mans-588Today, Le Mans released the list of those teams that have earned “automatic” spots in next year’s 24 hour extravaganza. [Word is Todd’s going to pay for the whole F1B team to spend the weekend there. Well, the “rumor” of this is now out there on the Internet. Well, out “here” on the Internet. Oh, I’ll just get to the point: Todd! We should go to Le Mans!]

If you follow sportscar racing closely enough, none of these teams will be a surprise, but here is the full list, for those who aren’t so closely tied to it:

2010 24 Heures du Mans: The official list of the 29 automatically selected entrants
Thursday 19 November 2009 – 16h00

The Le Mans 24 Hours, the Petit Le Mans, the Le Mans Series in the United States, Europe and Asia and the winner of the Michelin Green X Challenge make up the races, championships and trophies, which give an official selection for next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. As all the 2009 season’s championships throughout the world have now finished, here follows the official list of the 29 teams invited.

In application of the ACO regulations and taking into account a few special cases explained below in each of the races, series and qualifying trophies, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has officially selected 29 entrants for the 78th Le Mans 24 Hours on 12th – 13th June 2010. The car used in 2009 by the selected team appears in brackets on the list (see following pages).

Seven months before the big event over half the field is already known provided those on the list confirm their intention to take up their selection by sending in an entry form. In the opposite case, a place will become free automatically. Entries open on Monday 21st December 2009 and close at midnight on Wednesday 20th January 2010.

2009 24 HEURES DU MANS
The first two in each category are automatically selected.
LM P1 : PEUGEOT SPORT TOTAL (Peugeot 908 HDI-FAP)
LM P1 : TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL (Peugeot 908 HDI-FAP)
LM P2 : TEAM ESSEX (Porsche RS Spyder)
LM P2 : SPEEDY RACING SEBAH (Lola Judd)
LM GT1 : CORVETTE RACING (Corvette C6-R)
LM GT1 : LUC ALPHAND AVENTURES (Corvette C6-R)
LM GT2 : RISI COMPETIZIONE (Ferrari F 430 GT)
LM GT2 : BMS SCUDERIA ITALIA (Ferrari F 430 GT)

2009 PETIT LE MANS
The winner of each category at the end of the race is automatically selected. However, there is no selection in LM P2 as the Dyson-Smith Lola B/09 Mazda that finished first had a wide 2008-type rear wing depriving it of an official selection. No entries in LM GT1 hence no selection.
LM P1 : PEUGEOT SPORT TOTAL (Peugeot 908 HDI-FAP)
LM GT2 : RISI COMPETIZIONE (Ferrari F 430 GT)

2009 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES
The winner of each category is automatically selected. Corvette, victorious in LM GT1, is not eligible as the make failed to meet the required number of participations because the C6.Rs raced in only two (Sebring, Long Beach) out of 10 events.
LM P1 : PATRÓN HIGHCROFT RACING (Acura ARX-02a)
LM P2 : LOWE’S FERNANDEZ RACING (Acura ARX-01b)
LM GT2 : FLYING LIZARD MOTORSPORTS (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR)

2009 LE MANS SERIES
The first two in each category are automatically selected. Only one entrant has been selected in LM GT1 as the Larbre Competition Saleen did not race in the whole series.
LM P1 : ASTON MARTIN RACING (Lola-Aston Martin B 09/60)
LM P1 : PESCAROLO SPORT (Pescarolo-Judd)
LM P2 : QUIFEL ASM TEAM (Ginetta-Zytek)
LM P2 : SPEEDY RACING TEAM SEBAH (Lola Judd)
LM GT1 : LUC ALPHAND AVENTURES (Corvette C6-R)
LM GT2 : TEAM FELBERMAYER-PROTON (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR)
LM GT2 : JMW MOTORSPORT (Ferrari F 430 GT)

2009 FIA-GT Championship
The first two in each category are automatically selected.
FIA GT1 : VITAPHONE RACING TEAM (Maserati MC 12)
FIA GT1 : PEKA RACING (Corvette Z06)
FIA GT2 : AF CORSE (Ferrari F 430 GT)
FIA GT2 : PROSPEED COMPETITION (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR)

2009 MICHELIN GREEN X CHALLENGE
The winner of the Challenge over the whole of the 2009 Le Mans Series is automatically selected.
LM P2 : SPEEDY RACING TEAM SEBAH (Lola-Judd)

2009 ASIAN LE MANS SERIES
The winner of each of the 4 Le Mans categories is automatically selected.
LM P1 : SORA RACING (Pescarolo-Judd)
LM P2 : OAK RACING (Pescarolo-Mazda)
LM GT1 : JLOC (Lamborghini Murcielago)
LM GT2 : HANKOOK TEAM FARNBACHER (Ferrari F 430 GT)

Is there a certain manufacturer that seems to be missing thus far? [That’s mostly to irritate Todd. And I will continue to irritate him until our trip is booked!]

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  • Williams4Ever

    SJ – How about a lucky draw to include three frequent visitors of F1B site for the trip :-?
    I look forward to sporting my LeMans Hat to my first LeMans race

    • As soon as I secure my ticket, I will promote this idea to Todd. [A guy’s gotta look out for No. 1.]